Curriculum: DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program at the University of St. Francis is a post-MSN program that will prepare you, an advanced practice or advanced role nurse, for greater leadership in health care delivery, administration, and education. Doctorally prepared nurses are influencing the direction and nature of health care delivery nationwide. See what the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) says about opportunities available to you as a Doctorally prepared nursing leader, on our DNP program website.

The University of St. Francis Cecily and John Leach College of Nursing has taken another leadership role in advancing evidence-based graduate nursing education, advanced nursing practice and healthcare delivery.  USF’s DNP program was the fourth such program established in the State of Illinois.  The DNP degree will prepare graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities based on evidence-based, medical and nursing research and practice guidelines.

Students in USF’s DNP program are advanced practice and advanced role nurses of the highest caliber. Upon graduation, they will be fully prepared as health care providers to practice in health care settings that serve our most vulnerable citizens, including the poor, elderly, working families, the marginalized, and the uninsured. An additional education concentration is also available to those doctoral students who plan to educate tomorrow’s nurses.  The DNP program is a natural outgrowth of the University’s highly acclaimed graduate nursing programs that have sustained a high pass rate on certification exams over the past three years.

This DNP program is delivered online, and is accessible to graduate nursing students nationwide. Be ready to learn the newest and latest clinical guidelines, protocols, translational research needs, and policy initiatives. DNP nursing faculty members, several of them recognized by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) as Edge Runners in nursing practice improvement, bring cutting edge technology, professional service, and practice to your learning experience.

The DNP student will provide or  direct primary health care to individual patients and families, promote the public’s health, manage vulnerable populations who experience health disparities, manage and direct provider services, and influence health care policy. The elderly, patients with chronic physical and mental illnesses, families at-risk, and women and children in violence shelters are proposed emphases of study, and students are encouraged to specialize in vulnerable populations they plan to work with upon graduation.


Major Program (40 semester hours)

NURS 810 Professional and Organizational Communication (4)
NURS 812 Information Management in Advanced Practice (4)
NURS 814 Healthcare Policy, Politics and Practice (4)
NURS 816 Diversity and Social Justice Issues in a Global Society (4)
NURS 910 Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Research (4)
NURS 914 Healthcare Finance and Practice Management (4)
NURS 916 Advanced Practice Role Selective (4)
NURS 980 Translational Research Scholarly Initiative: Development (4)
NURS 990 Translational Research Scholarly Initiative: Completion and Dissemination (4)
NURS 998 Advanced Practice Role Fellowship (4)


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